Daily Archives: March 12, 2007

A Book Meme (that was too cool to pass up)

Found this at Awesome Mom’s place and just had to snatch it up 🙂 

Hardback or trade paperback or mass market paperback?   Paperback (the cheapest I can find – used is great) unless I just can’t wait that long, then I by the hardcover.  But, that is rather rare.

Amazon or brick and mortar?   Definitely the brick and mortar. I could never give up meandering through the aisles of books – I can loose myself in bookstores. 🙂 Though I like Amazon when I am trying to find a used book that is out of print.

Barnes & Noble or Borders?   Neither – there is an amazing book store in Portland called Powell’s – it take up an entire city blog and is many stories tall.  That is the place for me. And it sells new and used books, which is even better.

Bookmark or dog ear?   Both, though most often bookmark, or I just remember what chapter I was on.

Alphabetize by author or alphabetize by title or random?   Defintely by author(according to genre), well at least until my kids or friends mix them up, it’s about time to alphabetize again.

Keep, throw away, or sell?   Never throw away, rarely giveaway or sell (if I couldn’t stand it, or if it is inappropriate, etc), just about always I keep the books.  I usually re-read them anyway. 🙂

Keep dust jacket or toss it?   Keep – would you throw away your jacket just cause you didn’t wear it all the time? heh 🙂

Read with dust jacket or remove it?   On until it bugs me, or until I am afraid it’s getting dogeared.

Short story or novel?   Novel

Collection (short stories by same author) or anthology (short stories by different authors)?   I’m not really a short story kind of person, but I do enjoy a number of them, so it just depends on my mood.  If they are recommended to me I will definitely read (and usually enjoy) them.

Harry Potter or Lemony Snicket?   Harry Potter – at least in her books the plot line varies some (sorry to the Lemony Sicket fans).

Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?    At the end of the book? I have a hard time putting down a good book, always going for “one more chapter”. Drives my hubby nuts. 🙂 I never stop in the middle of a chapter, that’d be like stopping halfway through eating a piece of triple chocolate mousse cake.

“It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time”?   Both, as long as the dark and stormy night doesn’t get to stormy or greusome.

Buy or Borrow?   Buy most often, but I frequent the library a lot too.

New or used?   Used, unless I am dying to have the book and can’t find a used copy of it.

Buying choice: book reviews, recommendation or browse?   Browse and reccomendation.  If someone recommends a good book I will always give it my best shot.

Tidy ending or cliffhanger?   I like tidy endings, but I am not objectioned to being left slightly in the lurch. I have a great imagination, so it is nice to have some imagining left to do.  But I don’t left being left completely hanging.

Morning reading, afternoon reading or nighttime reading?   I’d read all day if I could 🙂 Most often I end up reading at night though.

Stand-alone or series?   Both.  Somtimes I enjoy a good series, unless they get to drawn out – I prefer series to be 5 books and under.  I really like stand alones though, and sometimes I just don’t understand why people think everything needs a sequel.

Favorite children’s book?   That’s like asking me to pick a favorite child.  There are just way too many to choose from.  One of my favorite fantasy books is the Chronicles of Prydain series by Lloyd Alexander, and one of my favorite regular fiction books has to be Anne of Green Gables. But I have many, many, many more favorites. but, I think you want to finish reading this tonight, heh. 🙂

Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?    Mr Pudgins (I don’t recall the author right now). It is just a short little children’s book, but I loved it as a child and have fond memories of my parents reading it too me.  I just finished reading it too my children this last fall.

Favorite books read last year?    I read a lot of books that were really good last year, but one that is sticking out in my mind right now is Enna Burning by Shanon Hale.  I love it.

Favorite books of all time?    Again, ask me to shoose a favorite kid why don’t ya?  Among the favorites are: Treasure Island, Tom Sawyer, Robin Hood, Pride and Prejudice, and Jane Eyre

Least favorite book you finished last year?    I honestly don’t recall, probably a Lemony Snicket book.

What are you reading right now?     The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pile

What are you reading next?     I have a bit of a list that I want to make my way through.  I think I will read The Cry of the Icemark by Stuart Hill next.

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Lasting Effects of the Purse Escapade

We all know what happened with purse escapade -and if you don’t and want to know, you can read about it here.

By the time the purse was found, where only a toddler could manage to shove the thing, accounts were closed, new accounts opened, new drivers licence obtained, and new credit cards ordered.  We found ourselves with no checks (they were on order), no debit card (they were being mailed to us) and no credit cards (also being mailed to us) for the better part of a week.  Well, ok, we had a few checks as they give you a few complimentary checks upon opening a new account to tide you over while you order new checks.  They got us through the first week fine and we felt we were on top of the world when our credit cards arrived Friday.  Then, Saturday, to great choruses of Hallelujah, the debit cards arrived. Now I just needed the pin number which they send seperately.  No problem, should arrive Monday. 

Saturday I proceeded to activate my credit card and then I took my debit card off it’s paper to put in a safe place until the pin number arrived. 

Monday came and so did my pin-number. Estatic and full of glee I went to get my debit card and activate it.  It wasn’t there. In fact it wasn’t anywhere on Paul’s desk, my desk or either office.  It wasn’t in my purse or in my wallet.  Once again a very frustrating search took place.  Even more frustrating because we knew it had to be here somewhere.  Finally we decided I either put it in a really safe place (never to be found again) or Jacob ran off with it when we weren’t looking (also never to be found again).  I didn’t want to call the bank AGAIN so I decided just to tough it out.  The checks would hopefully arrive soon.  An entire week passed by.  The complimentary checks had long since run out, leaving me with no checks and no debit card, only a credit card which I was loathe to use.

Finally the following Monday the checks arrived.  I was in business now, at least not feeling so estranged from our bank account anyway.

Tuesday was busy and chaotic.  Trying to get ready for an appointmet and for volunteering at the school. I was hopping down the hall trying to pull on my last sock when Emily nonchalantly walks up to me.

“Here, I found this,” she hands me a thin plastic card and walks off.

To my amazement I realize I am holding the lost debit card, activation sticker still in place.

“Wait, where did you find it?” I called quizically.

“Oh,” she replied like it was an every day occurance,”In the bin with all the train pieces.”

I gave whoop, twirled her through the air, and called her my little hero.  To Jacob I gave a whoop twirled him through the air and called him my little rapscallion, because no matter what kind of safe place I might have thought of to stick it, I never would have put it there.


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